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July 2020

MsWas's Message Corner

Hello CBR12 participants and friends of Cannonball Read,

Bothari43 included a couple of reminders about the 2020 US Census in recent newsletters, and I wanted to share one tidbit - the Census Bureau might actually call YOU! If you submitted your Census form, you may get a follow-up phone call from 844-809-7747 like I did. I was suspicious - who calls these days?? But it was legit, and here’s how to be sure. I called back to verify some info, and it was short and easy to finish. Make sure you’re counted!

Back in June I was so happy that our local library opened for curbside pickup - has yours opened yet? Thanks to everyone in the Facebook group who gave me great book suggestions to request. Two of my personal 5-star reads from that list are The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood and Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes.

Speaking of lists - I’m super psyched for all of your submissions in the CBR12 Book Bingo Reading Challenge. I love to see those squares filling up, and it’s definitely something to pique everyone’s interests these days. Did you rearrange your TBR list to fill in those squares? I hope you can get your hands on all the books you need. 

Take care and Happy Reading!
Bonnie (aka "MsWas")



Q&A with a Cannonballer: Aquillia

 

What do you write? Will CBR fantasy fans ever get to read an Aquillia original?

I hope they will be able to someday; fingers crossed! I write fairly traditional fantasy -- secondary world, largely medieval-Europe-based, with multiple point-of-view characters -- except it has very little magic. I'm interested in exploring fantasy-political machinations and dysfunctional family relationships more than intricate magic systems or lengthy battle scenes. I have a PhD in Roman history and can definitely see an overlap between my historical and writing interests (especially the dysfunctional families part...!)

My work-in-progress is about a long-standing feud between a king and his baron; when war threatens, their adult children are forced to choose between loyalty to their families or their kingdom, even though such loyalties demand that they give up their own dreams and desires. It's a long road to publication and I'm not yet at a place where I feel confident in my craft to take that next step in attempting to make it happen, but I keep trying to improve and learn from my myriad of mistakes. Staying motivated can be difficult, especially during a pandemic, but lately I've been really inspired by Guy Gavriel Kay's very historical, low-magic fantasy.

See what else Aquillia has to say »

   
 

The Book Bingo Reading Challenge is back!


     
With some new challenges and some returning favorite squares, Bingo has triumphantly returned! You have until Saturday, October 31 to complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, or get ambitious and blackout your card, to be entered into a raffle for some cool prize drawing. Make sure you put cbr12bingo in the tags at the bottom of your review to make sure all your Bingo entries get counted. Get more details here, and feel free to ask questions in the comments. Have fun and good luck!
 


And a Bingo-related Diversion




Whether you're participating in Bingo this year or not, you can still jump in on this Diversion! Do you have a suggestion or the perfect book for a Bingo square? Share in the comments, or collect some ideas for your own Bingo strategy. (And come on, we all know we love to recommend stuff around here.) 
 
 

Mid-year donation



It's time for another donation to the American Cancer Society! As if reading and reviewing wasn't impressive enough, CBR has also raised $75 for the ACS this quarter, bringing the total to $150 so far this year. (Our overall grand total is $6,750!)

With so many worthy causes out there (unfortunately), it's understandable that our donations are down a bit this year, so we especially appreciate everything everybody is doing to support our mission of f--king cancer right in the ear. If you'd like to help boost those numbers a bit, donations are always accepted and appreciated!

On the subject of donations, we've received an amazing one that will cover our website hosting and SSL renewal into next year! Once our CBR costs are covered, absolutely everything else goes to the American Cancer Society, so this will be a huge bump for our fundraising the rest of the year. Thank you so much to all our donors and participants
 
 

Stuff We're Reading

Thank you, Emmalita, for yet another good romance recommendation! (BINGO #1): Malin's review of The Boyfriend Project

Jul 15, 2020 02:27 pm
#CBR12 Bingo: Fresh Start (the beginning of a new series, AND my first book by this author) It would also work really well for Cannonballer Says, Money! and Friendship I got a free ARC of this on Netgalley in return for an unbiased review. I also liked the book enough that I have now paid money to own it. Samiah Brooks is getting ready for a date, while her pregnant sister reads her hilarious updates from another woman’s disastrous first date on Twitter. Samiah is mortified to discover […]
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Much darker than I remembered: Malin's review of Graceling

Jul 15, 2020 02:12 pm
Katsa lives in a series of kingdoms where a small percentage of the populations have a unique ability or grace. These people are known as Gracelings, and the abilities can be benign and useful, like being extremely skilled at baking, cooking, sewing, or in one case, being able to smell exactly what the person in question wants to eat or drink. They can also be dangerous, like Katsa’s extreme fighting ability, which was discovered when she accidentally killed someone in self-defense when she was only […]
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Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: Aquillia

Jul 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Which imaginary kingdom would you most like to visit? Teenage-me says “Rohan!” without hesitation. If I’m being honest, adult-me would probably be more at home in the Shire. Adult-me also thinks the Vale of Arryn sounds gorgeous, even though the GOT/ASOIAF world in general might not be a fun experience! What do you write? Will CBR fantasy fans ever get to read an Aquillia original? I hope they will be able to someday; fingers crossed! I write fairly traditional fantasy — secondary world, largely medieval-Europe-based, […]
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How to love the imperfect: BlackRaven's review of How to Love a Country: Poems

Jul 15, 2020 08:29 am
cbr12bingo  Pandemic I probably should use my Pandemic slot last, as you can fill in anything you want, but at the same time, How to Love a Country: Poems is the perfect book for it. I am planning on using poetry for another slot, but Richard Blanco’s collection does not seem to fit another category, therefore, so here he is and I get to a) use poetry more than once and b) introduce you to a (possible) new poet that I would never have heard […]
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Please do not read if you are a fan of Eloise: BlackRaven's review of Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

Jul 15, 2020 08:03 am
cbr12bingo AdaptationOh, I just hate hate hate Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups, Kay Thompson. Please tell me WHY she has been so popular for over 60 years? Why have there been sequels, modern book updates/adaptations, toys and at least two movie adaptations? She is a spoiled brat, with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Rude, inconsiderate and not even remotely funny. I have to say in 1955 you had an odd idea of what people wanted to read. Or was that the point? This is […]
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